By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bill Belichick reached a monumental milestone in his career on Sunday, earning his 300th win (including playoffs) as an NFL head coach. So naturally, players were asked about it throughout the locker room and had plenty of great things to say about the greatest head coach of his generation.
Here’s a rundown of the best postgame quotes from Patriots players on win No. 300 for Belichick and what helped get him to this mark.
— QB Tom Brady: “Yeah, it’s pretty amazing. Pretty amazing. Three hundred wins is pretty spectacular. He’s the best coach of all time and it’s a privilege to play for him for as many years as I have. He’s taught me so much on and off the field, just been a great mentor for me. Being here 20 years ago – it was his first year, it was my first year. It’s been a great journey. Just proud of him, everything he’s accomplished. Amazing to think that he coached for another place and they didn’t think he was good enough, and then he comes here and does a great job. It’s a great celebration for him and certainly hard-earned, well-deserved. And the only thing better than 300 is 301. So, we’ll be back at it this week.”
— LB Dont’a Hightower: “I just think it’s crazy. Chase [Winovich], and Shilique [Calhoun], a lot of us were just talking while [Robert] Kraft was giving his speech about it. I couldn’t name one thing I’ve done 300 times. For him to get 300 wins at this level, I think he says it a lot about how hard it is to win in this league and for him to do it 300 times in the way that he’s done it is speechless.”
— WR Phillip Dorsett: “It is amazing and I am just so blessed to be a part of it. Even if it is just a small little two or three seasons, I am just so grateful to be a part of it and be coached by him [Bill Belichick] and be able to sit here and say that. To say I have played for the New England Patriots during the Bill Belichick era and Tom Brady, I am living the dream.”
— S Duron Harmon: “It’s amazing. Being able to be a part of it to see what he has been able to accomplish, it’s amazing. I’m just happy we were able to get the 300th win for him today and continue to move forward.”
— ST Matthew Slater: “I think it speaks to who he is; his consistency, his character, and his preparation and just his love for the game of football. To do it for that long, it is really impressive.”
— CB Stephon Gilmore: “He’s a great coach, one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever had. He allowed me to play the best I can. There’s a reason why he’s in that position. He coaches hard, he’s smart, he puts us in the best position to make plays. So, I’m happy I was able to be a part of that.”
Despite all that praise, it’s likely that Belichick and the players are already on to going for win No. 301.
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